UNEXPLAINED BRUCELLOSIS IN A 12 YEARS-OLD GIRL, A CASE REPORT
Brucellosis is the most common zoonotic infection in the world. It is caused by a gram negative aerobic intracellular coccobacillus called Brucella. The most common modes transmission of the pathogen are the consumption of raw unpasteurized milk and other dairy products, inhalation of aerosols and contact with various bodily secretions (placenta, urine, blood) of the infected animal. All age groups are susceptible to human brucellosis, however, a considerable proportion of patients in endemic regions are younger than 14 years. Brucellosis is a neglected and endemic disease in Pakistan. We will be discussing a case of symptomatic brucellosis in a 12-year-old girl.
KEY WORDS: Brucellosis, prevalence, children, Pakistan
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